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Rating Systems for Book ReviewsStar Rating Systems for Books

When it comes to book review systems and star ratings things aren't always clean cut. Different people have their own systems when reviewing books. Even the top sites aren't aligned when it comes to what each star rating actually means.

Star Rating Systems of Goodreads and Amazon


1 star - didn't like it2 stars it was OK3 stars liked it4 stars really liked it5 stars it was amazing


1 star -hateit2 stars - didnt likeit3 stars - it was OK4 stars -liked it5 stars -loved it

The meaning of a 3 star rating has often caused a lot of discussion in the book blogging community. Some consider it a bad rating whilst others view it as a positive rating. The big reason behind this is because a 3 star rating on Goodreads is good, but on Amazon it's not.

Other reviewers have opted to use different rating systems altogether. An example of this is the C.A.W.P.I.L.E rating system. This rates books on a scale of 1 to 10 across different categories.

So what is a good review?

There is no right or wrong way to review a book. Everyone will have their own personal opinion about each book they read and as a book is rarely for everyone, it's normal to see a mixture of star ratings for the same book. Some will love it, some will hate it, and some will just think it was OK. All are valid reviews and equally worthy.

As the scope of a review is to help potential buyers decide whether the book is for them or not, a good review is one that is well balanced and gives information that will help them make that decision.

A 3 star review that explains the pro's and con's of the book could actually do more to convince a potential buyer than a 5 star rating that just says they loved it.

It's also worth noting that one person's reason for not liking a book could be another persons reason for picking it up.

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How to decide on a star rating

When reviewing a book how do you pick which star rating to give it? On what criteria is your rating based?Emotional attachment or technical aspects?

Do you weigh up the writing style, character development, grammar, etc...? Is formatting something that could cost the book a star? Or is your rating based purely on how the book made you feel?

Are Ratings Necessary?

Given how many different rating systems there are for reviews, are ratings really necessary?

Personally I like them. It helps when checking which books were the best/worst over the course of the year (perfect for this time of year as many book bloggers look back to give an overview of their reading throughout the year).

Star ratings might be particularly useful when you can't remember the details about every book. Ratings make it easy to find which rated highest.

Star ratings are also good for those who don't have time/ don't want to read a full review. It gives them an overall screenshot view of how readers felt about the book. If a book only has 1 and 2 stars it's likely they'll give it a miss. A book with a mixture of ratings all over 3 stars is more likely to catch their interest and make them consider it.

How I rate my books

For my reviews I follow the Goodreads system and consider 3 stars a good review.

It's actually very rare for me to give a book a rating lower than 3 stars. This is because over the years I've gained a clear idea about the sorts of books I enjoy and so tend to only select books I'm pretty sure I'm going to like. I'm definitely more picky about the books I read now than I used to be.

When it comes to deciding what rating to give I generally go with my gut feeling on finishing the book. Was it a page turner? How did I feel about the characters? Was it easy reading? Did I like how it dealt with certain themes or topics? I'll consider all this and more but the most important thing for me is emotional attachment. How invested was I in the book?

Before concluding this discussion about givingreading recommendations and star rating systems there is one last thing we should look at...

Books You Did Not Finish

When it comes to DNF books people have different views and systems for them.

Some, myself included, will just leave the book and not rate it. At most it may get put on a list on Goodreads filed under DNF.

Other book bloggers review and rate the books they DNF. They rate the part they read and, obviously, ratings for these books tend to be low.

Both are fine. Again it's a personal choice.

I my case I very rarely DNF a book. Some books I've read that didn't start out all that great really picked up later on and turned into good reads.

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When it comes to giving reading suggestions and recommendations what system do you use?How do you rate books you've read?

My thoughts about In Between by Jenny B. Jones
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The book synopsis for In Between by Jenny B. Jones
Can we overcome our past?

Katie Parker is about to get a new lifewhether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own familys messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

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DiscussingIn Betweenby Jenny B. Jones

Quotes from In Betweenby Jenny B. Jones
Many of us girls at Sunny may not have had a real accurate sense of what home should be, but if Sunny Haven is it, please find me a pack of wolves or some killer bees to reside with instead.

Im in a small town nightmare. Can you call it a town if there isnt even a McDonalds? How does a person survive without easy access to chicken nuggets?

Sure James and Millie look like nice people, but I hear a lot of psychopathic serial killers are quite charming, too.

Oh, yeah, Millie Scott, youd better be scared. Youd better fear this. I am dangerous. I do dangerous, risky, life-threatening things all the time. Oh, who am I kidding? The most dangerous thing Ive ever done is sit on a public toilet.

Back away from the chocolate! Drop the spoon and no one will get hurt!

Hah! Cover-ups are for old people. I got good legs. No need to deprive the world of these gams.

In a world that obviously just wants to chew me up and spit me out, why do I even try? If I ever did get a break in this life, Id probably be in the bathroom and miss the call.

I am so not into poetry. I thoroughly dislike the stuff. You read a poem, and it speaks to you. You write a stupid essay on it, and the teacher tells you your interpretation is wrong, and the author is really saying something else entirely. Oh, really? Did you talk to the author yourself? No, I didnt think so!

So basically youre picking me up just so you can have an excuse to have dessert. He grips the steering wheel. Katie, Im a man who hasnt had sugar in three days. Im prepared to stoop pretty low.

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My thoughts about Sword of Seven Sins by Emily Colin
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The book synopsis forSword of the Seven Sins by Emily Colin

**Now a FINALIST for a Foreword INDIE Award**

From New York Times-bestselling author Emily Colin comes a story of one young womans battle for freedom in a future world where love is the ultimate sin.

Eva Marteinn never wanted to be a killer.

Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealths executioners, as no more than conscienceless killers.

When shes Chosen as the first female bellatorand cant refuse, on threat of exile or disgraceEva is devastated. But she turns out to be inordinately gifted at the very role she abhorsno thanks to her mentor, Ari Westergaard, who alternates between ignoring her and challenging her to impossible tests.

Aris indifference conceals a dangerous secret: Hes loved Eva since they were children. When Eva falls for Ari too, she knows they should do anything to avoid each other. Love is forbidden. Lust is a death sentence. But as mentor and apprentice, theyre bound by the blood oath they swore the day of Evas Choosing.

Balanced on a razors edge of desire and betrayal, the two uncover a secret that could overturn the Commonwealth itself. Now Eva must make an impossible choice: Turn her back on Ari, and remain loyal to the only home shes ever knownor risk everything on the slim hope of freedom, and stake her life on the boy shes come to love.

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DiscussingSword of the Seven Sinsby Emily Colin

Quotes from Sword of the Seven Sinsby Emily Colin
We pledge our loyalty to the laws of the Commonwealth of Ashes, and to the Virtues which make it strong, one Sinless society under the eye of the Architect, united through piety, discipline, and truth.

We are not supposed to notice girls, not to think of them unless we must on Donation Day, when we make our contribution to ensure the Commonwealths survival. But I have always noticed her.

I look away, but that doesnt help. On the bare white wall behind Mother Northrup, the shadows of the flames leap and dance. From inside them something stares at mesomething with teeth

Tonight we see what you are made of, girl. Tonight, you walk with us.

I never wanted this, but Ill be damned if Ill let them murder me. I will fight for my life. If I die trying, so be it.

I feel as if she sees right through meall my thoughts and secret desires, the relentless ambition that drives me to train until my hands are callused and my muscles aching, the nights Ive spent picturing her face and denying myself, again and again. Never mind what Im thinking right now.

This is the Commonwealths justice: To take what sinners desire most and wield it as an instrument of torture. Such is the punishment of those who stray from the path of righteousness.

I dont say a word, out of pure rebellion. That, and the more I aggravate him, the more distracted hell become. Distracted people make mistakes.

Ari tilts his head to one side, considering me. Itd be worth it, he says, so softly its hard to hear, dying with you.

He brushes my cheek with his fingertip, sending that now-familiar electricity searing through my veins. Be brave, he whispers. Not for the sake of whats between us. Not for me. But for yourself.

Citizen Marteinn is special. Unique. Even I dont know everything she might be capable of.

If I am to be a weapon, Ill choose the hand that holds the blade.

Weve been lucky so far, but unlike skill, luck cannot be trusted. Lady Luck is capricious; she gives as she wills, and takes away when the spirit pleases her.

Clearly they view us as the greatest of threats. It would be flattering if they didnt want to kill us.

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Binge-worthy BookTubersBookish YouTube Channels You'll Want to Follow
I recently did a post about binge-worthy Bookstagrammerswhere I shared some of the great Bookstagram accounts I follow.
This time I'm sharing some of my favourite BookTube accounts.

Must Watch BookTubers
I think one thing these BookTubers all have in common is their energy. Their passion for reading and books in general really comes across in their videos.
For each BookTuber I've picked a video that I think shows their personality best.

Which is your favourite from this list? What BookTube channels do you like to follow? Who is a BookTuber you think is binge-worthy?

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2021 Challenges: October UpdateThis post may contain affiliate links. Meaning, I get a commission if you purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Read the fulldisclosurehere.
Welcome back for another monthly update. In October I was ill again and so progress was slow. I am still on track with all my challenges though and hoping to make up for it this month.

The Blog Audit Challenge 2021

The October Challengeswere focused on follow options. This is something I still need to work on more.
I've been trying to organise my newsletter better so that it offers another way to follow the latest content posted to the blog. I'm still trying to work out the best way to do this though.
I'll definitely be giving more thought into this in the coming months.

The Social Media Audit Challenge
For this challenge I'm concentrating on social media. The Octoberfocus was on Pinterest.
I find that recently Pinterest isn't getting the stats it used too. That said, it's still a great way to gain traffic long term.
I'm now creating multiple pins for my posts and scheduling some in advance. I'm still very much doing trail and error to find the best times to pin though.
I also want to experiment more with hashtags on Pinterest to see which ones get the best results.

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The Clock Reading ChallengeI createdthe Clock Reading Challengeas I thought it would be fun and not too difficult to complete.

Books read this month:

8- Counts of Eight by Brynn Ford - Amazon - Goodreads

The A to Z Reading Challenge
Next up isthe A to Z Reading Challenge.

Books read this month:

W- The Weekend by Charlotte Wood- My Review- Amazon -Goodreads

The Net Galley TBRReading Challenge

Love Lifeby Nancy Peach - My Review- Amazon -Goodreads
The Secrets of Us by Lucinda Berry- My Review- Amazon -Goodreads

Current Net Galley ratio: 78%

Currently Reading

Six Hard Days In Andalusia (Costa del Crime #1) by Damian Vargas- Amazon -Goodreads

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How did you do with your OctoberChallenges? Are you taking part in the Blog Audit Challenge or the Social Media Audit Challenge this year? Have you read any of these books? Join the conversation in the comments section.
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